How to Cover a Flower Pot in Fabric

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How to Cover a Flower Pot in Fabric
Dress up for flower pots in a few easy steps. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you've ever splurged on a fancy decorative flower pot, you know that it can add to your decor pretty dramatically compared to a plain terra cotta or plastic. There's no need to break your budget for pretty planters when you can transform even the cheapest, plainest flower pot into a decorative pot with a favourite fabric -- and even make it waterproof and easy to clean. Try this project with leftover fabric scraps or inexpensive fabric remnants.

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty découpage gel
  • Medium paint brush

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  1. 1

    Wash the flower pot thoroughly with warm soapy water and allow it to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Measure the height of the flower pot. Cut the fabric into 2-inch wide strips that are 3 inches longer than the pot's height. You'll need about eight to 12 strips to cover the pot, depending on its size.

  3. 3

    Apply the découpage gel to the pot in a 3-inch wide stripe down the side of the pot. Brush some gel on the inside edge of the pot and on the bottom of the pot.

  4. 4

    Lay the top edge of strip of fabric to the inside of the pot, about 1 inch from the top. Bring the strip over the top edge, down the side, and on the bottom of the pot, pressing it flat against the découpage gel as you go.

  5. 5

    Apply another strip of découpage gel next to the first, and apply the next strip of fabric. Allow the strips to overlap slightly. Repeat until the pot is covered.

  6. 6

    Coat the fabric with a layer of découpage gel. Allow the gel to dry completely before planting flowers in the pot.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for a heavy découpage gel that dries hard, rather than a lightweight paste for paper découpage.
  • If you're using a heavy fabric such as denim, you'll need to use a heavy base coat of découpage gel.
  • Instead of strips, you can cut the fabric into different shapes and make a patchwork pattern on the flower pot.
  • Your finished pot should repel water. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth.

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